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Title Decolonisation of Materialities or Materialisation of (Re-)Colonisation Symbolisms, Languages, Ecocriticism and (Non)Representationalism in 21st Century Africa / edited by Artwell Nhemachena, Jairos Kangira & Nelson Mlambo
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2018
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (339 pages) : illustrations
Contents Materialities and the resilient global frontierisation of Africa : an introduction / Artwell Nhemachena; Nelson Mlambo & Jairos Kangira -- Phantasia and the rhetoric of inaugural speeches : cases of Samora Machel (1975), Robert Mugabe (1980), Sam Nujoma (1990), and Nelson Mandela (1994) / Jairos Kangira & Lazaro Pedro Chissano -- Materialities and human rights in contemporary African higher education : the case of the fees must fall movements in southern African universities / Artwell Nhemachena; Tapiwa V. Warikandwa & Asteria N. Nauta -- Conjugating materialities and symbols in contemporary Africa? The case of the statue of King Nghunghunyani, South Africa / Artwell Nhemachena & Dolphin Mabale -- Materialities and symbols of Zimbabwe's civil religion / Munetsi Ruzivo -- (Un-)naming the nameables : an ecocritical perspective of Operation Murambatsvina in Noviolet Bulawayo's We need new names / Juliet Sylvia Pasi -- Gendered experiences : land grabs and the de-feminisation of Africa's agrarian futures / Martin Uadiale & Anirejuoritse Awala-Ale -- Reconfiguring the African Jindwi traditional drums in a post- colonial Mutare Museum setting, Zimbabwe / Njabulo Chipangura & Pauline Chiripanhura -- A contextual analysis of small-scale mining : interrogating the question of materialities in Namibia / Paulus Mwetulundila -- A contrastive (re)mapping of blacks, land and nature in Rhodesian and contemporary Zimbabwean Fiction / Ruby Magosvongwe -- Decolonising and democratising pedagogical translation in foreign language teaching : the role of mediation as strategy / Okom Emmanuel Otegwu -- The literary construction of the metaphysical in the African milieu / Coletta Kandemiri & Nelson Mlambo
Summary Contemporary scholarly discourses about decolonising materialities are taking two noticeable trajectories, the first trajectory privileges establishing "connections", "relationships" and "associations" between human beings and nature. The second trajectory privileges restoration, restitution, reparations for colonial dispossessions, lootings and disinheritance. While the first trajectory presupposes that colonialism was merely about "separation", "alienation", and "disconnections" between human beings and nature, the second trajectory stresses the colonialists' dispossession, disinheritance and privations of Africans. Drawing on contemporary discourses about materialities in relation to semiotics, (non-)representationalism, rhetoric, ecocriticism, territorialisation, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation, translation, animism, science and technology studies, this book teases out the intellectually rutted terrain of African materialities. It argues that in a world of increasing impoverishment, the significance of materialities cannot be overemphasised: more so for the continent of Africa where impoverishment "materialises" in the midst of resource opulence. The book is a pacesetter in no holds barred interrogation of African materialities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Decolonization -- Africa.
Material culture -- Africa
Material culture
Form Electronic book
Author Kangira, Jairos, 1961- editor.
Mlambo, Nelson, editor
Nhemachena, Artwell, editor.
ISBN 9789956764570